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How to Cook a Well Done Filet Mignon on the Stove Top

author image Kristie Brown
Kristie Brown is a publisher, writer and editor. She has contributed to magazines, textbooks and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
How to Cook a Well Done Filet Mignon on the Stove Top
A well done piece of steak on a plate. Photo Credit: diamant24/iStock/Getty Images

With a name as refined as filet mignon, it might be assumed that it’s impossible to pull off a dish at home that sounds this French and elegant. Cut from the end of the tenderloin, the filet mignon is a small and expensive boneless steak. But great restaurants aren't the only places that offer flavorful steaks cooked to your level of perfection. You can be the executive chef of your own kitchen and cook a filet at home that has your family awarding you four stars.

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Step 1

Transfer the filet mignon steaks to a plate.

Step 2

Melt the butter over medium-high heat in the skillet.

Step 3

Transfer steaks to the skillet and cook for 15 minutes. Turn them and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Filet mignon typically is about 2-inches thick, so it will take the steaks some time to cook through thoroughly.

Step 4

Insert a thermometer into the center of the steak. When it reaches 170 degrees Fahrenheit, it is well done.

Step 5

Transfer the steak to a clean plate. Allow it to rest for three to five minutes before carving so the juices have a chance to move away from the edges.

Optional Marinade

Step 1

Pour vinegar and oil into a bowl and add salt and pepper. Although the filet is a very tender cut of beef, the flavor is not as pronounced as with a bone-in steak, so some cooks prefer to marinate the steak before cooking.

Step 2

Whisk the marinade vigorously to thoroughly mix the oil and vinegar.

Step 3

Pour the marinade into a resealable bag. Add a bay leaf and the filets.

Step 4

Eliminate the extra air, seal and refrigerate the steaks for a minimum of two hours. Halfway through the marinating, turn the bag over to ensure both sides of the meat rest in the marinade.

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